Painting Over Powder Coating

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Posted on: 2/18/2011

How safely can they apply their wet paint over our powder coated parts?

Q. I’m a custom coater who supplies powder coated parts to industrial customers.  We apply mostly epoxy and polyester powder coating by electrostatic spray guns. Many customers would like to paint over these parts for various reasons. How safely can they apply their wet paint over our powder coated parts? K.B.


A. Powder coatings are an excellent paint base. All paints will adhere to polyester and epoxy powder coated surfaces provided there are no slip agents on their surfaces (added to paint and powder formulation to increase mar resistance). They can act as release agents and painting over them would be like painting over mold release. So use a material that has no slip agent in the formulation.  Otherwise, your customer will have to solvent clean or abrade the surface to remove the slip agent and obtain adhesion before repainting.
If your customer repaints, recommend using thermosetting acrylic, epoxy, polyester or polyurethane enamels.  Although they may not provide the same quality, air drying enamels including aerosol spray can paints will adhere as well. 
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